Voting is a foundation of democracy, a right through which we can protect and preserve our other rights. For that reason, the ACLU-CT supports extending voting rights to the greatest number of people, with the only permissible restrictions being those essential to making elections secure and fair. This must include a targeted effort to increase voter turnount among groups with traditionally low participation, like young people. One way to encourage higher youth vote turnout is through pre-registration, where young adults complete voter registration ahead of their eighteenth birthday. Once they turn eighteen, their registrations automatically move from pending to active. This is a common-sense resolution is an important first step in engaging young voters.
SJR 35, A Resolution Proposing a State Constitutional Amendment to Allow Individuals Who Have Attained the Age of Sixteen to Apply for Admission as Electors and Be So Admitted Upon Attaining the Age of Eighteen